This is a unique challenge blog where we are inspired by and focus on the Vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn and steampunk genres and encompass the talent, flair, expertise and ideas of many artists that we are inspired by. We welcome all types of projects - cards, journaling, assemblage, layouts, albums, atcs, altered art in fact whatever you want to share (as long as it is in good taste).

Friday 25 November 2016

Friday's Guest is ................

Hi Everyone, it's Friday and special guest day and we have the lovely lady who is sponsoring our challenge this month with a decorated version of the kit she is offering as the winning prize, it shows you how it can look once painted and altered. I'll leave it up to her to introduce herself.


Hi I'm Di Oliver and I co-own Tando Creative Limited with my husband Tony.  I was so excited to be asked to be a guest designer on A Vintage Journey, I rarely craft these days and it gave me an ideal opportunity to sit down and get painty.

We have recently released a new Art Journal Starter Kit which includes all the elements needed to sew your own journal together so it is truly handmade.  I decided to put together one of these kits myself and I had loads of fun decorating the covers.

I have used supplies from the DecoArt media line, firstly using the crackle paste liberally through a stencil over the cover and also just applying with a palette knife around the edges.  The Crackle Paste gives really lovely deep crackles if it is applied thickly.

For the spine covering I glued screwed up tissue paper and left it all to dry.

Using a combination of Prussian Blue Hue, Primary Magenta and Burnt Umber I applied various washes to the covers.  I then decorated one of the Tando grids and a word Create by simply painting white and stamping with a crackle stamp.  I then applied washes to the Butterfly and stamped with a brown archival ink pad.

I finished off with ribbons and glued the journal together.


Wow Di, that looks so special with all the texture and embellishing, I'm sure our lucky winner this month will be over the moon with their prize and it's great to see some wonderful inspiration for them in your post. Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous journal and taking time out of your extremely busy schedule to create this for us, I know it's been a very hectic few months for you.

For those of you who do not know Di or Tando Creative she produces the amazing substrates from greyboard and MDF which are all available on her website (see link above), if you're looking for project substrates or embellishments her shop is well worth a visit and we are so lucky that she is sponsoring us this month.


So I'm sure this beauty will inspire you to getting 'cracking' and enter a project for the challenge that the fabulous Alison is hosting this month and if you're one of the gorgeous entries already submitted thanks so much for joining us.

Have a wonderful weekend.

hugs Brenda, Di and the Creative Guides. xxx


  1. Gorgeous colours and texture. Another item to add to my wish list.
    Linda xxx

  2. Stunning journal covers, love the colours you've chosen.

  3. Gorgeous creation from Di! Nicola x

  4. That looks fantastic Di! Thank you so much for sharing xx

  5. Oh wow Di, what a fabulous cover! I love the gorgeous colours and the grid looks amazing. Lovely to see you here too! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. amazing work Di - so lovely - and the colours are perfect - It was so good to meet you both last weekend! Hugs rachel x

  7. A wonderful project using great colours! Thanks so much for guesting with us here!

  8. Welcome Di! Such a lovely Journal - gorgeous colours n texture . Thanks for sharing x

  9. Stunning Di!!! How do you fit it all in.... thanks for creating this for us, it is fabulous xxx

  10. Love the teal/blue combination on this Di and the grid in the background , perfect backdrop for the butterfly. Love the crackle too. Tracy x

  11. What a beautiful journal cover Di! the colors, textures and design are all lovely! thank you so much for being our guest design! Julia xx

  12. Fabulous journal cover DI, gorgeous textures and colours, a real treat for the eyes! Thanks for sharing it and for being our sponsor this month, someone is going to be very lucky to receive your fabulous journal kit! Deb xo